In surfing, as in traveling, the feeling of setting out into the unknown makes the adventure worth the risk. Run by 11-time world surf champion Kelly Slater and backed by Quicksilver, the recently launched surf lifestyle brand VSTR takes this pioneering spirit as inspiration. As an artistically driven company, VSTR—pronounced visitor—was drawn to collaborate with NYC's Partners & Spade, enlisting the creative collective to help in the ideation and design of their first piece of luggage. The result is the Nomadic Pack—an adventure-ready carryall designed to withstand the rigors of extended travel by the "coastal nomad".
Big enough to hold weeks' worth of gear, the expansive bag accommodates this intrepid way of life with a stowable lightweight hammock—the stuffsack-style bed-in-a-bag packs away into a small bottom compartment—and a heavy-duty detachable messenger bag that zips off from the outer layer. In fact, the bag is designed to conveniently fit the entire VSTR clothing line,so one is theoretically always fully outfitted while on the road.